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Exploring The Cranium & Other Twisted Surreal Trips

Dream ... float ... discover ... travel.

Explore the edges of your mind, and be free! This surreal art by Jung-Yeo Min, that explores the infinite possibilities of the human mind, will get you started! Goodnight, all ...

#dreamscape   #surrealism   #surrealart   #dreams   #sleep   #artist   #themind  

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Dude +Sean Cowen​ I we have followed each other for a min and let me be the first to say, bomb! You have awesome taste and I'm glad I followed you, glyour opinions and likes in art make peeps as myself give much joy and respect, thank you for including me and sharing great perspective to image and color such this...];)~>
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Four Years On Google+!

I signed up in Beta on the 29th ofJune, 2011, and I did my first post today, on June 30th, four years ago. These early days were wild and insane (back when the stream flowed on by) and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

Tag me and leave comments if we talked during those first years, or anytime really. I want to celebrate this special anniversary with all of you. Remind me how we first met, or started talking!

We've had so many stories; so many great times together. Meeting people online, then later meeting them in real life. Too many people to name here, but all my longtime followers know who you are. Thanks for the memories!

I found my voice again here on G+. I found my love of music again here on G+ with my . I rekindled my love of books, art, writing, and a hundred other things. All because of Google+. I think the best writing of my life has been done while I've been here. Certainly some of my best poems, and deifinitely some of my best insights and essays. I am proud to be part of the pioneers and First Gen'ers here, and I am so happy each and every day I visit!

So, to each one of you, I toast you and raise a glass to the next four years. Cheers!

#googleplus   #gplus4yearsanniversary   #fouryears  

Just a few of my fellow plussers that I've connected with over the years. Apologies for leaving anyone out... this is but a short list!

+Andrew Coffman +Patricia A. Duplantis +Pam Adger +Shannon Adelson +Ashlan Nathens +byron rempel +Dunken K Bliths +Patricio Briceño +Becky S. +Scott Cramer +Cheryl Saavedra +Cliff Roth +Keith Cramer +Di S +David Calderon +Christine DeGraff +eric orchard +Eileen A. McAllister +Elizabeth Bathory +Mike Elgan +Lori Friedrich +Ross Fergus +Paul Ferguson +frank j Zbink +Sean Guenther +Graham Knights +Bruce Garber +Orrin Grey +Jayme Hancock +Halfdan Reschat +Paul Hosking +Wayne Humfleet +J. A. Torres II +Lars Ivar Igesund +Elly Ice +Ivar Choi Espedalen +Johnny Zed +Jane Millerick +Jaana Nyström +Marc Jansen +Kyla Myers +steph wanamaker +Karen Cokenour +Krissy Rios Villegas +Lerato Majikfaerie +Sarah Lynne +La Wonder +LaDonna Pride +Lori Cramer +shirley lo +matthew rappaport +Mz Maau +Matt Tuomala +Noze P. +Brent Newhall +Henry A. Otero +morte oakley +Laughing Owl +Paul Stickland +Liz Quilty +Mark Richards +Roger R.H. King +Glenn Rogers +Mike Searle +Samuel Vain +Mark Traphagen +Today's Memory +Tom Rolfson +King Uke +Ryan Van Sickle +Dustin W. Stout +Rupert Wood +Martin Watson +Yonatan Zunger +Yoon-Mi Kim +Yifat Cohen +Jay Zalowitz +Johnny Zed +David Anders +Bearman Cartoons +David Calderon +Denis Labelle +HEATHER FAY +Charlie Hoover +Paul Hosking +Kay Solo +Branden Haize +Daniel Ely Rankin +pio dal cin +Shells Bells +Randy Stokes +Michael Vaughan +Michael Anderson +John Voshell +Lacerant Plainer +Mark-John Clifford +Dirk Reul 
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A very large percentage of the people showing up here have just Always Been in my circles...  ;-)


It's hard to believe, in fact, that I've known some of you for very nearly 10% of my life!!    o.0


It's been a good run so far, I must say!
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57 Chevy Bel Air ... Guitar? Wow, Nice One!

Seriously cool guitar that any car lover slash guitar lover would love!. Stunning design and perfect for any collection.

About the Chevy Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors in September 1956. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range "two-ten", and the "one-fifty". A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the "Delray" was available for two-ten 2-door sedans.

It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car's image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television. The '57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon.

#57chevy   #chevrolet   #guitar   #chevybelair   #belair   #cars   #automobile   #musicalinstruments   #g33k  

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Cool. So now we can play a Bell Air guitar at home ;-)
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Murder On The Orient Express

Since I was a kid, I've loved Agatha Christie books, mysteries, and who-dunnits. This movie captured Christie's flair for great storytelling and it'd be a perfect addition to any Netflix queue!

Murder on the Orient Express is a 1974 British mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

The film (and book) features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Albert Finney stars as Poirot, who is asked by his friend Bianchi (Martin Balsam), a train company director, to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon, Mr. Ratchett (Richard Widmark), aboard the Orient Express train.

The suspects are portrayed by an all-star cast, including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman (delivering an Oscar-winning performance), Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset and Anthony Perkins. The screenplay is by Paul Dehn as well as an uncredited Anthony Shaffer.

The film's tagline is: "The greatest cast of suspicious characters ever involved in murder."

The film was a success at the box office, given its tight budget of $1.4 million, earning $36 million in North America, making it the 11th highest grossing film of 1974.

Nat Cohen claimed it was the first film completely financed by a British company to make the top of the weekly US box office charts in Variety. The film received positive reviews upon release and holds a 100% "Fresh" rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 7.4/10.

Roger Ebert wrote that the film "provides a good time, high style, a loving salute to an earlier period of filmmaking". The New York Times gave the film 4 stars out of 5.

#murder   #mystery   #agathachristie   #orientexpress   #trains  
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Movie Soundtracks: The Ones We Never Forget

Tomorrow, my +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS show is a TRIBUTE to James Horner, who just passed away. Having composed music for over 100 films, he was a huge contributor to the movie industry.

So, think about your all-time favorite movie soundtracks - the ones that have never left your mind. It might be an instrumental score or composition, a song, or even songs contributed to a soundtrack. But one thing is certain - music is absolutely a central part of all films and movies.

You can be years away and thousands of miles away from something that happened in your life, and all of a sudden you can be transported back to that time, simply by hearing that music again.

Music has that power, as do great soundtracks. So, what should I play tomorrow?

#film   #movies   #Hollywood   #soundtrack   #moviesoundtrack   #jameshorner  

Raiders of the Lost Ark Soundtrack - "The Raiders March"
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Cover art for a classic John Williams soundtrack...
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66 Pontiac GTO

I have about a 40 minute commute into work each day, and I'm lucky if I see fifty cars and trucks along the way. In these hot summer months, I could just imagine crusing down this little-used highway I drive and having the tunes blaring, in my '66 GTO. It's a nice dream...

The GTO

The GTO was the brainchild of Pontiac engineer Russell Gee, an engine specialist; Bill Collins, a chassis engineer; and Pontiac chief engineer John DeLorean. In early 1963, General Motors' management issued an edict banning divisions from involvement in auto racing. This followed the 1957 voluntary ban on automobile racing that was instituted by the Automobile Manufacturers Association.

By the early 1960s, Pontiac's advertising and marketing approach was heavily based on performance, and racing was an important component of that strategy. With GM's ban on factory-sponsored racing, Pontiac's young, visionary management turned its attention to emphasizing street performance.

In his autobiography Glory Days, Pontiac chief marketing manager Jim Wangers, who worked for the division’s contract advertising and public relations agency, states that John DeLorean, Bill Collins' and Russ Gee were responsible for the GTO's creation. It involved transforming the upcoming redesigned Tempest (which was set to revert to a conventional front-engine, front transmission, rear-wheel drive configuration) into a "Super Tempest" with the larger 389 cu in (6.4 L) Pontiac V8 engine from the full-sized Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville in place of the standard 326 cu in (5.3 L) Tempest V8.

By promoting the big-engine Tempest as a special high-performance model, they could appeal to the speed-minded youth market (which had also been recognized by Ford Motor Company's Lee Iacocca, who was at that time preparing the sporty Ford Mustang variant of the second generation Ford Falcon compact).

The GTO was basically a violation of GM policy limiting the A-body intermediate line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cu in (5.4 L). Since the GTO was an option package for the Pontiac Tempest and not standard equipment, it could be considered to fall into a loophole in the policy. Pontiac general manager Elliot "Pete" Estes approved the new model, although sales manager Frank Bridge, who did not believe it would find a market, insisted on limiting initial production to 5,000 cars.

#cars   #automobile   #GM   #Pontiac   #GTO  

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I like the Goat also, nice color. love the Olds/442's. I have a 69 Cutlass,needs work but its mine.! and in good shape
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"Gone With The Wind" Published on This Day In 1936

Margaret Mitchell’s "Gone with the Wind", one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.

Across all releases, it is estimated that Gone with the Wind has sold over 200 million tickets in the United States and Canada, and 35 million tickets in the United Kingdom, generating more theater admissions in those territories than any other film. In total, Gone with the Wind has grossed over $390 million globally at the box office; in 2007 Turner Entertainment estimated the gross to be equivalent to approximately $3.3 billion when adjusted for inflation to current prices, while Guinness World Records arrived at a figure of $3.44 billion in 2014, making it the most successful film in cinema history.

In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O’Hara.

In tracing Pansy’s tumultuous life from the antebellum South through the Civil War and into the Reconstruction era, Mitchell drew on the tales she had heard from her parents and other relatives, as well as from Confederate war veterans she had met as a young girl. While she was extremely secretive about her work, Mitchell eventually gave the manuscript to Harold Latham, an editor from New York’s MacMillan Publishing. Latham encouraged Mitchell to complete the novel, with one important change: the heroine’s name. Mitchell agreed to change it to Scarlett, now one of the most memorable names in the history of literature.

Published in 1936, "Gone with the Wind" caused a sensation in Atlanta and went on to sell millions of copies in the United States and throughout the world. While the book drew some criticism for its romanticized view of the Old South and its slaveholding elite, its epic tale of war, passion and loss captivated readers far and wide. By the time Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937, a movie project was already in the works. The film was produced by Hollywood giant David O. Selznick, who paid Mitchell a record-high $50,000 for the film rights to her book.

After testing hundreds of unknowns and big-name stars to play Scarlett, Selznick hired British actress Vivien Leigh days after filming began. Clark Gable was also on board as Rhett Butler, Scarlett’s dashing love interest. Plagued with problems on set, Gone with the Wind nonetheless became one of the highest-grossing and most acclaimed movies of all time, breaking box office records and winning nine Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.

Though she didn’t take part in the film adaptation of her book, Mitchell did attend its star-studded premiere in December 1939 in Atlanta. Tragically, she died just 10 years later, after she was struck by a speeding car while crossing Atlanta’s Peachtree Street. "Scarlett," a relatively unmemorable sequel to "Gone with the Wind" written by Alexandra Ripley, was published in 1992.

#gonewiththewind   #scarletohara   #OldHollywood   #films   #movies   #blockbusters   #clarkgable   #thecivilwar   #antebellum  
#thisdayinhistory   #books  

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The only movie I've ever fallen asleep in the theater during.
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Willie Nelson will always be a cool cat to me. Great one, Willie!

Thanks for catching my eye, +Paul Ferguson ...
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Easy Rider

One more for the Netflix weekend queue...

Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and South.

The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood phase of filmmaking during the early 1970s. The film was added to the Library of Congress National Registry in 1998.

A landmark counterculture film, and a "touchstone for a generation" that "captured the national imagination", Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle. In Easy Rider, real drugs were used in scenes showing the use of marijuana and other substances.

Full Review by El Maestro, Roger Ebert

Nobody went to see "Easy Rider" (1969) only once. It became one of the rallying-points of the late '60s, a road picture and a buddy picture, celebrating sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and the freedom of the open road. It did a lot of repeat business while the sweet smell of pot drifted through theaters. Seeing the movie years later is like opening a time capsule. It provides little shocks of recognition, as when you realize they aren't playing "Don't Bogart That Joint" for laughs.

Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper play Captain America and Billy, journeying cross-country on their motorcycles, using a drug deal in Los Angeles to finance a trip to Mardi Gras. The drug is cocaine (sold to a dealer played by rock producer Phil Spector), but their drug of choice is marijuana. Billy gets the giggles around the campfire at night. Captain America, who could handle it better, is cool, quiet, remote, a Christ figure who flies the American flag on his gas tank, his helmet and the back of his leather jacket. (It would be a year later, after the release of "Joe," that flag decals were co-opted by the right.)

The making of the movie became a Hollywood legend. Fonda and Hopper took their screenplay (co-written with Terry Southern) to the traditional home of motorcycle movies, American-International Pictures. But Sam Arkoff turned them down, and they finally found funding at Columbia. The budget was so limited, there was no money for an original score, so Hopper, the director, slapped on a scratch track of rock 'n' roll standards for the first studio screening. The executives loved the sound and insisted the songs be left in, and "Easy Rider" begat countless later movies that were scored with oldies.

Motorcycle movies were not fashionable in 1969, although "Hell's Angels on Wheels" made an attempt in 1967 to break free of the booze-and-violence cliches. Directed by Richard Rush ("The Stunt Man"), it was a largely overlooked precursor to "Easy Rider," sharing the same cinematographer, Laszlo Kovacs, and even the same little-known actor in a colorful supporting role: Jack Nicholson, who played a gas station attendant named Poet. "Hell's Angels on Wheels" is a great-looking movie, but it took "Easy Rider" to link two symbols of rebellion -- motorcycles and the hippie counterculture -- and catch the spirit of the time.

"Easy Rider" was playing in theaters at about the time Woodstock Nation was gathering in upstate New York. It plays today more as a period piece than as living cinema, but it captures so surely the tone and look of that moment in time. There's heavy symbolism as Fonda throws away his wristwatch before setting off on the journey, and the establishing scenes, as Captain America and Billy stash their loot in a gas tank and set off down the backroads of the Southwest, are slowly paced -- heavy on scenery, light on dialogue, pregnant with symbolism and foreboding.

One of their bikes needs work, and they borrow tools at a ranch, leading to a labored visual juxtaposition of wheel-changing and horse-shoeing. Then they have dinner with the weathered rancher and his Mexican-American brood, and Fonda delivers the first of many quasi-profound lines he will dole out during the movie: "It's not every man who can live off the land, you know. You can be proud." (The rancher, who might understandably have replied, "Who the hell asked you?" nods gratefully.)

A hitchhiker leads them to a hippie commune that may have seemed inspiring in 1969, but today looks banal. A "performance troupe" sings "Does Your Hair Hang Low?" on a makeshift stage, while stoned would-be hippie farmers wander across the parched earth, scattering seed. "Uh, get any rain here?" Billy asks. "Thank you for a place to make a stand," Captain America says. The group leader gives the Captain and Billy a tab of acid and the solemn advice, "When you get to the right place, with the right people -- quarter this."

If "Easy Rider" had continued in the vein of its opening scenes, it's a good question whether anyone would remember it today. The film comes alive with the electrifying entry of the Jack Nicholson character, a lawyer named George Hanson whom they meet in a jail cell. (They have been jailed for "parading without a permit" after wheeling their bikes into a small-town parade.)

Historic moments in the cinema are not always this easy to identify: Nicholson had been in movies for years, but his jailhouse dialogue in "Easy Rider" instantly made him a star. "You boys don't look like you're from this part of the country," he says. He's an alcoholic lawyer on good terms with the cops; he arranges their release, supplies the name of a topnotch whorehouse in New Orleans, and says that he's started out for Mardi Gras many times without getting past the state line. That sets up the film's most famous shot: George on the back of Billy's motorcycle, wearing a football helmet.

Nicholson's work in "Easy Rider" created a sensation. Audiences loved his sardonic, irreverent personality and were primed for his next film, "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), with its immortal chicken salad sandwich dialogue. Then and now, "Easy Rider" comes alive while the Nicholson character is in the movie. That night around the campfire, he samples grass for the first time ("Lord have mercy, is that what that is?") and then explains his theory that extraterrestrials walk among us. He uses a confiding tone, sharing outrageous information as if he's conferring a favor; it would become his trademark.

George is killed shortly afterward, by rednecks who have seen them in a roadside cafe and decide they look "like refugees from a gorilla love-in." The impact of his death seems shortchanged in the movie, which hurries on to New Orleans.

Captain America and Billy find the legendary whorehouse and drop acid in the cemetery with two hookers (including Karen Black in one of her earliest film roles). It's a bad trip, but maybe they chose the wrong place with the wrong people.

The last act of the movie is preordained. There have been ominous omens along the way (and even a brief flash-forward to Captain America's flaming death). Rednecks in a pickup truck use a shotgun to blast both men from their bikes. The camera climbs high into the sky on a crane, pulling back to show us the inevitable fate, I guess, of anyone who dares to be different.

The symbolic deaths of heroes became common in movies after "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), and Pauline Kael noted in her "Easy Rider" review that "the movie's sentimental paranoia obviously rang true to a large, young audience's vision. In the late '60s, it was cool to feel that you couldn't win, that everything was rigged and hopeless."

One of the reasons that America inspires so many road pictures is that we have so many roads. One of the reasons we have so many buddy pictures is that Hollywood doesn't understand female characters (there are so many hookers in the movies because, as characters, they share the convenience of their real-life counterparts: They're easy to find and easy to get rid of.)

The motorcycle picture was a special kind of road/buddy movie that first came into view with Marlon Brando in "The Wild One" (1954), flourished in the late 1960s, and more or less disappeared a few years later. The movie grew out of pictures like "The Wild Angels" (1966, also starring Fonda), but it also expressed a notion that the counterculture believed in at the time: You could leave the city and return to more natural roots. A sweet idea, but one that did not coexist easily with drugs. In scenes like the one where Hopper and Fonda teach Nicholson how to inhale, there's a quietly approving air, as if life is a treatable disease, and pot is the cure.

But Billy is paranoid, probably because of all the grass he smokes, and in later scenes, they're oblivious to the dangers they invite with their strange appearance. (There's a scene where they excite teenage girls in a restaurant with their aura of sexual danger, and local Good Old Boys feel threatened and plot revenge.)

Many deep thoughts were written in 1969 about Fonda's dialogue in a scene the night before his death. Hopper is ecstatic because they've made it to their destination with their drug money intact. "We blew it," Fonda tells him. "We blew it, man." Heavy. But doesn't the movie play differently today from the way its makers intended? Cocaine in 1969 carried different connotations from those of today, and it is possible to see that Captain America and Billy died not only for our sins, but also for their own.

#easyrider   #films   #movies   #counterculture   #hippies   #motorcycles   #jacknicholson   #buddyfilm   #roadtriptips  

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The movie had a big impact on me. I bought a Triumph Bonnie and hit the road. Interesting trivia the original Captain America bikes numbered four, one was demolished for the movie and three were stolen, never to be found.
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The Moat

Well, after inches and inches of rain poured down, the house is now surrounded by a moat. Massive water everywhere. We sandbagged around the windows to the basement, so hopefully those'll hold. The water rose another 3 inches after these pictures were taken.

I guess we need a boat to get around now. First the barn fire, then this. It's been quite a roller coaster ride lately...

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Amazingly, most of that water was gone by today. Dried right up with sunshine. Truly incredible how that happens. Thanks for all the good wishes, everyone..
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Stunning Photos of Africa's Oldest Trees, Framed by Starlight

"Diamond Nights" captures the surreal beauty of ancient trees after nightfall, Story by Melissa Wiley/Smithsonian Magazine. Photographs by Beth Moon.

For the past 15 years, fine arts photographer Beth Moon has taken pictures of really old trees. She has journeyed around the world in search of trees notable for their size, age and history, photographing during the day. Her most recent series, titled "Diamond Nights," however, plays with starlight.

Southern Africa, with its diverse ecosystems, has appealed to Moon for a while. While working on her 2014 book Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, Moon spent time in Madagascar photographing baobab trees. Captivated by their grandeur, she decided to locate different species of baobab in the region, traveling to South Africa and Botswana. The quiver tree, an iconic aloe plant noteworthy for its height and ability to live hundreds of years in the heat of the African desert, brought her to Namibia.

Silhouetted against the night sky, these ancient trees appear otherworldly. Baobabs can live to be more than 1,000 years old, growing up to 80 feet high and 30 feet in diameter. Carl Taylor, a research associate with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, describes the tree: "When the leaves are off they have this immense trunk and these little stubbly branches, so it looks like somebody pulled them up from the ground and reversed them and the roots are growing aerially."

According to Taylor, while expanding populations and changes in land-use patterns pose a threat to baobabs, for the most part they are revered and allowed to grow quite large. "They're esoteric,” he says.

Moon decided to create her nightime-set tree series after reading about David Milarch in Jim Robbins' The Man Who Planted Trees. With the help of a local guide and tips from travelers, Moon tracked down the sites by day, scoped out a tree's best side, then returned after nightfall. Many times she returned on moonless nights. The darkness helped her to capture the details of ancient trees reacting to starlight that is millions of years old – by extension, capturing a sense of time and nature beyond ours.

“It’s hard to imagine because we have light so close to us in so many areas now," she says. "It’s a darkness like I don’t think I’ve ever experienced."

All of the trees and locations she has visited have been exciting in their own ways, Moon says; however, she found the abundance of stars to be a particularly memorable part of working on "Diamond Nights."

“Because these locations were so remote and away from light pollution, the skies were absolutely blazing," she recalls. "I had never seen the Milky Way in its entirety stretched out across the horizon. It was spectacular."

Moon believes that trees are important to many issues faced by the world today and hopes that her photography can place them in the spotlight. “They’re part of our landscape, maybe to the point of kind of taking them for granted,” she says. "So I thought these iconic old trees could start a larger conversation."

While she prefers to keep quite about her upcoming projects, Moon does not believe that she will tire of trees anytime soon. 

To view more of Beth Moon's work, visit her site: http://www.bethmoon.com/

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This is absolutely beautiful and amazing!
Probably the most close-to-nature photography i have seen in a while.
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The Imperial March

Just because this is so damn epic!

And it holds a few cluses as to this week's +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS show theme...
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Looks like Schönbrunn, yes.
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Hicksville, Ohio USA
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Big Bear Lake, California - Reno, Nevada - Huntington Beach, California - Prague, The Czech Republic - Sacramento, California - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Iowa City, Iowa
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Tagline
Public Speaker, Writer, Bookseller... Evangelist for Google+ and Founder of +Friday Night Sessions, +Helping Others, and +PORTFOLIO. Official Google+ Advocate and Google+ Partner.
Introduction
About Me

As a member of Google+ Advocates (Official Google group (private) with 34 members worldwide) I always strive to help other people and I continually serve as an Ambassador for Google+. Now, as a member of the Google+ Partners (a much larger group: 15k members) I can help other Plussers with all of the facets of Google+ experience.

I started on Google+ back in June of 2011, and I think I've learned a thing or two along the way. I live on a farm in (I kid you not) Hicksville, Ohio. Surrounded by cornfields and soybeans. My driveway is a 1/4 mile long and the nearest neighbors are about a mile away. Yes, very Walking Dead isolated!

I tend to be an eclectic writer; I often post on topics such as world travel, NASA, literature, science, archaeology, steampunk, space, technology and sci-fi. I'm as apt to post about vintage retro robots as I am to post about a new tech gadget, or a book I've just completed. I'm a major fan of Tolkien and anything Star Wars, a fan of classic poetry and literature, and emerging writers. I'm an amateur WWII and Civil War historian as well.

My posts generally have some sort of wow or cool factor to them (I strive for the *fun and interesting* label always), and as I've done somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000+ posts at this point, I think I've put together a pretty good collection of writings.

My Social World


A bit more about me... I'm also a huge fan of photography, art, illustration, comics, music, and films. I've been a rare bookseller and book scout for over 15 years. Formerly, I lived in Prague, the Czech Republic (in Central Europe) for almost eight years where I managed a catering business, was a barista, rolled beer barrels in an Irish pub, wrote a few films, wrote a lot of poetry, rubbed elbows with Literati who visited Praha and where I was a bookseller at The Globe Bookstore and Cafe, the first English-speaking bookshop in Central Europe.

Places I have visited: Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, NASA. Places I have lived: Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, California, Ohio, Prague, and for one, brief shining moment, Dingle Ireland.

I created +Friday Night Sessions and +Helping Others, as well as +The Google+ Traveling Book Project. I am also a very active page manager for +I Am Sherlocked and the creator of the fan page for Ryan Van Sickle (a great Indie musician on G+). It's called 
Bragging rights
For 2012, 2013, and 2014 I've been an Official Elf for +Secret Santa. I attended the NASA Juno Launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral: lifetime dream fulfilled.
Education
  • University of Nevada
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Looking for
Friends, Networking
Birthday
October 21
Relationship
In a domestic partnership
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
  • Fancy